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Studied bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University from B.Sc. to Ph.D. with Tal Pupko on computational methods for molecular evolution: sequence alignment and alignment filtering, phylogeny reconstruction, and positive selection inference. Applied research of homing endonucleases for the purposes of gene therapy with Adi Barzel and Martin Kupiec. Development of a pipeline to QA the LEADS transcriptome modeling platform in Compugen Ltd. Postdoc with Laurent Keller at the University of Lausanne on evolutionary genomics of ants, evolution of the sex determination system with Yannick Wurm, olfactory receptors with Julien Roux, and population genomics of fire ants with DeWayne Shoemaker. 

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B.Sc. Biotechnology Engineering, Technion. Ph.D. in computational biology, under the Interdisciplinary Program for Biotechnology, Technion. Postdoc in a biophysics lab specialized in DNA-structure and DNA-Protein interactions, Technion. Postdoc in an epigenetics Lab specialized in Inheritance of complex traits, École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Amir is investigating the molecular evolution of chemical communication in fire ants.

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B.Sc. Biology, Hebrew University. M.Sc. Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, Hebrew University. Ph.D. in Evolution and Behavioral Ecology, Ben Gurion University. Marie curie fellowship in Behavioral Ecology, Bristol University, England. Daphna is currently conducting an integrative study on the molecular genetics of recruitment behavior in social foraging ants.

 

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B.Sc. biology, Tel Aviv University; M.Sc. zoology, Tel Aviv University; Ph.D. philosophy of science, Tel Aviv University. Shani is studying the genomic basis of nestmate recognition in Cataglyphis desert ants using reduced representation genomic sequencing and chemical analysis.

 

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Studied biology at the University of Haifa, Oranim. Tal is working on the first draft sequence for the genome of Cataglyphis desert ants from the bicolor species group, and developing a denovo sequencing approached specifically tailored to haplodiploid species.

 

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Studied computer science at the Technion. Pnina is interested in the population genomics of Solenopsis fire ants, especially following their introduction to the USA from their native range in South America. She infers their demographic history using Bayesian approaches and genome-wide signatures of recent positive selection.

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Studied biology and mathematics at the University of Haifa. Rana is studying in the evolution of olfactory receptors in ants and its role in adaptive evolution of social behavior. Combining the evolutionary analysis with prediction of protein structure.

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B.Sc. Medical and life Science program, Tel Aviv University; M.Sc. Zoology, Tel Aviv University; Ph.D. Zoology, Tel Aviv University. BARD fellowship in the Entomology Department, Pennsylvania State University. Etya is studying the evolutionary development of complex social behaviors in social insects using an integrative approach encompassing genomic, chemical and physiological tools. She is currently studying olfactory receptors in fire ant workers, regulating the colony social organization.

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